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How Functional Fitness Change Your Life – Plus 4 Exercises to Try Today!

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If you’ve ever wondered why your workout leaves you with overly achy muscles, sprained joints, and strength in all the wrong places, then you’re not alone. Pumping iron or running for miles on the treadmill may seem like great ways to burn calories, but how helpful are those activities in our real lives?

For most of us, the true test of our strength comes in moments throughout our daily lives. We pick up heavy bags of groceries, reach for items on top shelves, dart after our kids on the playground, and climb stairs at the office. If your hours at the gym still aren’t helping you develop strength and stamina for everyday requirements, then it’s time to opt for a new functional fitness routine.

What is “functional fitness”? The idea behind this style of fitness training is that your workouts should improve your daily life. The activities mimic everyday activities (like squatting to pick up grocery bags), thus preparing your muscles to undertake tasks with increased strength and flexibility.

As Rob Kram, National Director of Fitness Education and Development at Sports Club/LA, explains:

It is important that anyone engaging in a functional training program consider the movements they incorporate in their daily lives. For example, functional training for a golfer may include medicine ball twists with a weighted ball that trains trunk rotation. This specificity with your biomechanics recreate what is happening during a golf swing helping create the neuromuscular pathways needed for improved efficiency and the resulting performance enhancement.

Benefits of functional fitness:

  • Exercises help you develop strength and stamina for everyday activities
  • Exercises engage multiple muscle groups and joints, which reduces the risk of injury
  • Workouts are safe and particularly helpful for seniors and people with a history of injuries and joint pain
  • Exercises promote balance and flexibility, along with strength

Examples of functional fitness exercises:

1. Squat to bicep curl: For help lifting your children, the laundry basket or a grocery bag

Start with your feet hip-width apart, back straight, core engaged. Holding dumbbells at your side, slowly bend your knees and lower your body until your knees reach a 90-degree angle. As you return to standing, turn your palms facing up and curl the dumbbells in toward your shoulders.

2. Stair climb with bicep curl: For strength and balance while climbing stairs (especially while carrying a load)

Start at the bottom of a staircase with a dumbbell in each hand. As you ascend the stairs, slowly curl weights in toward your shoulders. Walk or run down the stairs with dumbbells at your side (not doing curls), and repeat 5-10 times.

3. Multidirectional lunges: For strength and flexibility while vacuuming or doing yardwork

Begin standing straight. Keeping one leg in place, extend the other leg forward, to the side, or behind until your knee reaches a 90-degree angle. Your stationary leg should be fairly straight with the knee parallel to the ground. Repeat on both sides.

4. Diagonal reach with weights: For help reaching up in the cupboard or closet

You can use either hand weights or a medicine ball for this. Start in a standing position holding the medicine ball in your hands at chest level. Lift the ball above your head and to the right, extending your arms entirely. Simultaneously extend your left leg to the side. Your body should be in a diagonal line from toes to medicine ball. Return to start position and repeat 10-15 times on each side.

Perform these functional fitness activities every day or several times a week, and begin to notice your strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility increasing in your daily life!

What are your favorite functional fitness exercises? Let us know in the comments section below!

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SPortsClubLA2012This summer, Intent and Sports Club/LA are teaming up to host a worldwide fitness challenge – The July Games. By participating in the July challenge, you’ll join thousands of people around the world in setting a collective intent to get stronger and healthier this summer. The July Games include seven fitness “events” you can do to build your strength, endurance, and stamina throughout the month of July.

Read about the challenge and each event here.

If you’re unable to get to your health club, or don’t have prior fitness experience, you can still participate. Simply set your intents for each event, get support from your community on Intent.com, and update your progress throughout the month.

The Kaiut Method: Yoga For People Who Hate Yoga (Part 1)

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By Kiri Westby, with Ed and Deb Shapiro, who all attended the yoga class described here.

Doing yoga with Francisco Kaiut is doing yoga from the inside out. In fact, to say the word “doing” is already too active, too aggressive, as it’s more of an un-doing.

I am someone who has never felt very comfortable in a modern yoga class. Plagued by an inner clamoring about how inflexible I am, convinced I am doing it wrong and actually hurting myself in the process, I am often too intimidated to ask for support. When I do get talked into going to yoga, I put on my tough face and prepare to be sore for the following week. So that is how I came into the Kaiut yoga classes in Boulder last winter, prepared for a truly uncomfortable experience. Instead, I found something refreshingly different and even liberating…and everyone in the crowded room felt it too.

The Kaiut approach to yoga is inclusive, specifically catered to your body and very personal. Ever wonder what it would be like to have your favorite Chiropractor in yoga class with you? Well, Francisco Kaiut is a trained Chiropractor with a background in cranial sacral, polarity therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and Hatha Yoga. He has used his in-depth understanding of the body, as well as years of research and experience within traditional schools of yoga, to develop his unique approach, which we can only call Kaiut Yoga (and why not? He invented it!).

“Each person’s body is aging differently from the moment we are born.” Francisco explained. “Even in the womb we are favoring one side or the other. So we have to pay very close attention to each individual’s body, to see where they have developed rigidity over the years and where we need to focus our efforts.” Specializing in addressing complex injuries and chronic pain, students travel to Brazil from all over the world to learn this unique method of yoga and experience real healing.

For me, the enticing thing about Kaiut yoga is that its devotees are not typical über-athletes doing extreme exposes, but rather an assortment of folks from all walks of life, young or old, skinny or fat, who are suffering from chronic pain and discomfort in their bodies. “Finally!” I admitted, “I have found my people in the yoga world.”

In class, Francisco uses his more seasoned students to demonstrate preliminary positions, asking everyone to abandon their mats and come up close to see the form he wants you to begin with. But by the time he and his partner, co-founder Luciana Ross, have finished fine-tuning each person’s positioning, looking around the room one might think 50 different classes were taking place.

“We have to make the poses fit the person, and not the other way around. There is no one place where the leg or the arm has to be in order to garner the benefits,” Luciana explained. “It’s very important to constantly move around the room and connect with each student to attend to their unique needs. Each person should feel like they are giving their body exactly what it requires.”

Eco-Activist Zoë Tryon is a Kaiut Yoga devotee. She spoke with me about what makes this style unique. “I have been a student of yoga for over 20 years, trying many different modalities. What deeply impressed me, and created significant change for me when I found Kaiut yoga, was the truly holistic nature of the approach and the depth of knowledge that Francisco and Luciana have. They have an uncanny ability to read the body quickly and adapt the yoga specifically. I was able to heal physically but also release many of the emotional issues behind my physical problems.”

Stay tuned for part 2!

Photo credit: Francisco Kaiut

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How The MELT Method Is Bringing Bodies Back into Balance

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I took my first MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique) class this past weekend at a local yoga studio. I’d heard amazing things about MELT and had wanted to try a class for some time, but hadn’t had a chance yet to experience it myself.

During the class we used a long, soft foam roller, multiple small, different-sized balls on our hands and feet, and a variety of short, repetitive movements on different areas of the back, legs, hands, and feet.

There was no big, overt movement, yoga poses, or breaking a sweat required, but by the end of the class my body felt noticeably balanced, rested, and remarkably calm.

I asked the instructor, Roeshan Shadravan, a certified MELT instructor and licensed holistic practitioner, to share some of her insights about MELT and how it works.

melt3MM: Roeshan, what is MELT and how does it actually work in the body?

RS: In a nutshell, without getting too technical, MELT Method gently stimulates or excites cells to produce more ground fluid (the stuff that makes joints juicy) through the use of a soft roller and hand and foot balls, thereby tapping into the connective tissue of your body to Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, and Release; the 4 R’s of MELT.

It then rinses or pushes the fluids into the areas of the body that commonly hold imbalances (areas that typically tend to be dehydrated, compressed, or unstable due to stuck stress in the body from active living and aging) which over time cause pain and instability.

Biomechanics reveals “you can’t be efficiently mobile if you are inefficiently stable,” and science shows us “connective tissue hydration is required for the extensibility necessary for whole-body stability.”

Thus, by learning and following the MELT Method techniques and sequences, you gain the tools to learn how to push and drive the fluids naturally produced and found in your body through your connective tissue, decreasing the number of barriers (stuck stress or restrictions in the body) and redistributing the fluids in your body more efficiently and evenly so that your connective tissue can return with ease from a taut, dry, brittle state back to a smooth, fluid, liquid state that moves and functions more efficiently. AKA MELTing your connective tissue! Simple, noninvasive, and effective. It’s brilliant!

MM: How did you get interested in MELT? What was your first experience with it?

RS: Where to begin? I look back to the Spring of 2011, when I was first introduced to MELT by Sue Hitzmann, the creator of the MELT Method. I had heard good things about it but wasn’t sure what exactly it was. So I decided to go to the source, Sue, and take a class, see what all the hype was about.

The roller was soft and comfortable to use and I actually enjoyed using it. (My previous experiences with foam rollers were painful and unpleasant to use.) This MELT roller was different, and I felt the positive shifts in body instantly.

For years I had been experimenting with any ball I could get my hands on (tennis, golf, lacrosse, etc.) on my hands and feet, knowing the importance and role the hands and feet play in relation to whole-body wellness. It’s like it is innately ingrained us; give someone in pain a ball and the first they do is roll around on it. But again there was something different, unique, about these MELT balls.

The immediate change the MELT balls yielded in my body was noticeable. And they were easy to use, no harsh, sharp, unpleasant surprises, as I followed the MELT sequences on my hands and feet.

My life has never been the same, in a good way, since that day.

MM: Can you talk a little about connective tissue, its role in the body, and how MELT works on it?melt1

RS: In all my years of studies as a Holistic Practitioner I was familiar with connective tissue, its importance and connection to the nervous system and the role it plays in creating a healthy, free moving, sound body.

I had been practicing and studying for over a decade how to address connective tissue through hands-on bodywork, but never had I seen or experienced how to address connective tissue so effectively through hands-off bodywork. This really opened my eyes and swung the door wide open on how I could help, not only heal my own body, but help others alleviate pain and tension (aka stuck stress) in their body through self-care via the MELT Method.

With all that said, truly the best way to really begin to grasp and comprehend the question “What is MELT Method?” is to experience MELT. Let your body answer the question, give you feedback, validation, and feel of how it all works. Trust me. Your body will thank you.

Really this is just the tip of the iceberg. As you dive deeper and deeper into your connective tissue via MELT, your body will being to reveal and unveil what is truly happening inside this delicate ecosystem we call the human body.

photo credit: Jesse Kaplan, Daniella DeVarney

Going Back to Our Roots

Stormy Skies-KyraI’ve always found it fascinating when I see palm trees withstand winter storms with such grace and ease.

They bend to extreme degrees, yet somehow defy the forces of nature upon them and don’t snap. When the pressure is released, they bounce back to their full stature, amazingly intact, alive, and unbroken.

It’s equally fascinating when humans withstand life’s storms with grace and ease.

Just like Palms, the human spirit can bend unbelievably, and not break. When the storm passes, it emerges intact, alive, and unbroken.

Palm trees are monocots. As such, instead of having deep, thick roots to ground them, they have numerous small, fibrous roots called adventitious roots. This means that their roots are produced from a “root initiation zone or area.” As long as conditions are favorable, the roots will grow. If conditions become dry, the roots stop growing.

So it is with our root system. Some people possess a primary, deep, nourishing root system feeding their lives. Many may feel they have no roots, however. Whether literally, as in you have no family or community, or you just don’t feel rooted in your life.

Palm tree roots are not very deep. In fact, they are quite shallow when compared to the towering heights the trees can grow to. The multitude of small roots enables the palm tree to stay rooted while being tossed around on the surface.

We may not have one deep root, but we all have access to numerous small roots.

These roots can provide us the nourishment we need to grow and to withstand any of life’s challenges with grace and ease.

Palm trees and other monocots don’t develop what’s called a secondary xylem, or layer, which is the hard, rigid wood seen on many trees.

Lacking this hard outer layer allows them great flexibility. Since they sway with the forces, instead of resisting them, they are able to bend with the pressure instead of break, unlike many trees that are not so flexible.

It is no different for us. We grow our secondary, hard outer layers for protection, so we don’t get bruised, banged up, or hurt by life. This is completely natural after lifetimes filled with trauma, loss, or a lack of love.

When these hard outer layers are no longer needed, they can begin to trap us in our own skin. We cannot sway with ease because we are stuck.

Healthy roots are important because they anchor trees and provide a channel for nutrients and water to enter, which allows for growth. Roots house food reserves and produce other organic materials trees need to grow. These functions are vital for a healthy tree.

Our roots need to be nourished also. When we ground into fertile environments, we create a channel through which we can receive love, energy, and connection. All things we need to grow and stay healthy.

The fascinating thing about growth in nature is that, when the seed germinates, it sends up a sprout and sends down a root.Sprouts of life

These forces that seem at first glance to be oppositional actually work in unison.

This simultaneous process of grounding and growing allows us to reach out safely, with stability and confidence.

We all know people who, faced with difficult circumstances, weather it with grace and ease.

When under pressure they remain flexible, reasonable, and don’t seem to have a problem giving way to dominant forces.

The key here is that they don’t give in. They give way.

They can afford to give way because they know they aren’t being crushed. They are grounded, rooted, and know they will withstand whatever comes their way.

These are traits present in all of us. We all have access to this grounding, this rooting, this flexibility. It’s sometimes just a process of checking whether our lives are being nourished through our root system.

This process of growth is not an uprooting. It does not involve changing who we are or where we’ve come from. It involves softening our outer layer and trusting our roots.

Taking a good look at our root system can prove revealing. If we’re lacking nourishment in our lives, we can plant seeds. Water them with patience, love, and give them space to grow.

When we simultaneously ground and grow into our lives, into our bodies, and into our potential, our roots will hold us steady as we reach great heights, bend with the force of life, and emerge from challenges intact, alive, and unbroken.

Ego-less Yoga: An Interview with Moby on His Practice

“I get a lot more work done and I’m a lot happier with the work when I’m healthy as opposed to sick and hungover.”

Wise words. It may go against the ‘starving artist’ motif, but take it from internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Moby, who is certainly no stranger to success. Practicing a healthy lifestyle pays off in more ways than one. Eleven albums, fifteen awards (including two VMAs), and collaborations with the likes of Bono and David Bowie constitute a highly successful electronic music career. In addition to the millions of records he’s sold around the world, Moby practices yoga, keeps to a vegan diet, and lobbies for animal rights.

Moby features in the latest interview session on The Chopra Well’s URBAN YOGIS discussing yoga and the role lifestyle plays in a successful artistic career. You’ll see him in conversation here with Eddie Stern, who hosts the rest of the series. But as it turns out, these two have been friends for 25+ years! It was Eddie who first introduced Moby to yoga, and here they are years later chilling in ‘happy baby’ pose from the balcony of Moby’s Los Angeles home.

Moby has an interesting take on yoga and healthy living, somewhat different than what many say about their practice. Take a look and let us know what you think. One thing he said that stood out to us was, “I decided about six months ago that I never want to be good at yoga.” Being “good” for him implies a competitive spirit, comparing his own ability to some standard. Rather, Moby says, he wants to focus on enjoying himself, reaping the short and long-term benefits, and working toward greater flexibility and spiritual awareness. That’s when yoga becomes a ‘practice’ rather than an accessory.

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The Importance Of Flexibility

How flexible are you?  For me, it depends – on my mood, how much fear or resistance I have about something, how attached I am to a particular outcome, and various other factors.

However, as I look throughout my life (now and in the past), I realize that the situations, relationships, and experiences that cause me the greatest stress and frustration, are almost always the ones where I’m not being flexible.  And, on the flip side, the more flexible I am – the more peace, ease, and fulfillment become available.

Today, more than ever, we are challenged to be flexible – in our work, our relationships, and in every other important aspect of our lives. However, due to our own fear, arrogance, resistance, stress, and obsession with being right, we often end up being inflexible to our own detriment and to the frustration of those around us (or so I’ve been told).

Being flexible is not about being weak or passive.  Flexibility is a conscious choice, a powerful skill, and a valuable approach to the ever-changing, always-evolving world we live in.  We can be firm in our convictions, passionate about our beliefs, and clear about our intentions, and at the same time be flexible enough to make significant changes and be open to new ideas along the way.

Here are some key elements to expanding your own capacity for flexibility in your life -which will lead you to greater peace, joy, and fulfillment:

1)  Let Go of Your Attachment – Whenever we get attached to something – a specific outcome, a particular way of doing things, a rigid opinion, etc. – we are, by definition, inflexible. Letting go of our attachment to something doesn’t mean we negate our desire or intention, it simply means we let go of controlling every aspect of it, forcing the action, and our fixation on it being exactly the way we think it should be. This is a process of conscious "non-attachment" (letting go), as opposed to detachment (not caring).

2)  Be Willing to Be Wrong – Most of us love to be right and will do and say just about anything to avoid being wrong.  Our obsession with "rightness" and fear of "wrongness" often gets in the way of going for what we want, saying what’s on our mind, and letting go of our fixed ideas about how things are supposed to be.  When we’re willing to be wrong (not necessarily interested in or intending to be wrong), we free ourselves up and give ourselves permission to take risks, try new things, and approach things (even really important things) with a creative, innovative, and flexible perspective.

3)  Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – Taking ourselves too seriously (something which I know a thing or two about), creates unnecessary stress, pressure, and worry.  When we’re able to laugh at ourselves (in a kind way), keep things in perspective, and remember that most of what we deal with on a daily basis in life is not life or death – we can take ourselves less seriously and thus have a more balanced, peaceful, and creative way of relating to things.

4)  Go with the Flow – If we pay attention to life, there is a natural flow that exists (although it may not always look like it or feel like it).  The more we’re able to tap into the natural flow of life, trust ourselves and others, and believe that things will work out – the more likely we are to allow things to roll off our backs and manifest with ease.  As Esther Hicks says, "Most people are rowing against the current of life.  Instead of turning the boat around, all they need to do it let go of the oars."

5)  Get Support and Feedback From Others – The support and feedback of others is invaluable in so many aspects of our life and growth, especially as it relates to us being more flexible.  We can learn from and model others who are more flexible than we are.  We can also give people in our life permission to remind us (with kindness) when we get rigid, uptight, over-attached, and start taking ourselves too seriously.

Being flexible is something that’s often easier said than done for many of us.  However, just as with our physical bodies, the more attention we place on expanding our flexibility the more likely we are to do it.  As we enhance our ability to be flexible, our life can and will expand exponentially.

How can you practice being more flexible in your life right now? Share your thoughts, ideas, insights, actions, and more on my blog here.

To listen to this week’s audio podcast, including additional thoughts, ideas, and tips, click here.

A Poor Gal’s Pedicure

If you practice yoga, you spend a fair amount of time looking at your feet. The more often you practice yoga, the more you look at your feet, and with the arrival of open-toe shoe weather, others, too, will now be looking at your feet.

What does this mean? You need a pedicure.
 
Not so fast. Pedicures feel luxurious and look lovely; however, you can provide your tootsies with some of the same health benefits at home, for free. (Save your money for your yoga classes or health club membership).
 
Toes Pose is a very simple and potent stretch for toes and feet. It is essential for athletes, people who spend long hours standing (think: nurses, chefs, hair stylists, etc.), and/or fashionistas, who teeter around town in sky-high heels. All these activities have the potential to jam our toes and confine our feet until they cramp, contort, and ache.
 
I should forewarn you that although this pose is simple, it is not easy. I recommend doing it at home while you watch TV, before yoga class when you arrive on your mat, or during your home practice. Over time, it will get easier, and, eventually, it will feel divine . . .
 
Step 1: Start by standing on your knees, curling under all ten toes (you might need to help your pinky toe by folding it back with your fingers).
 
 
Step 2: Next, sit back onto your heels. Try to stay here for ten deep breaths. If the sensation is too intense for your feet, return to Step 1. Don’t let your mind panic and become unwieldy. Your deep ujayi breath will support you.

Step 3: Release the pose by un-tucking your toes, setting your hands behind you, and lifting your shins and knees off the floor. The stretch in the tops of your feet, ankles, and shins will feel amazing . . . and keep your toes looking spacious, straight, and happy.
 
And, if you must splurge on a pedicure. Choose an awesomely vibrant summer hue for your happy and healthy feet.

 

 

Be Flexible

How flexible are you?  For me, it depends – on my mood, how much fear or resistance I have about something, how attached I am to a particular outcome, and various other situations.


However, as I look throughout my life (now and in the past), I realize that the situations, relationships, and experiences that cause me the greatest stress and frustration, are almost always the places where I’m not being flexible.  And, on the flip side, the more flexible I am – the more peace, ease, and fulfillment become available.

Today, more than ever, we are challenged to be flexible – in our work, our relationships, and in every other important aspect of our lives. However, due to our own fear, arrogance, resistance, stress, and obsession with being right, we often end up being inflexible to our own detriment and to the frustration of those around us (or so I’ve been told).

Being flexible is not about being weak, wimpy, or passive.  Flexibility is a conscious choice, a powerful skill, and a valuable approach to the ever-changing, always-evolving world we live in.  We can be firm in our convictions, passionate about our beliefs, and clear about our intentions, and at the same time be flexible enough to make significant changes and be open to new ideas along the way.

Here are some key elements to expanding your own capacity for flexibility in your life – which will lead you to greater peace, joy, and fulfillment:

1)  Let Go of Your Attachment – Whenever we get attached to something – a specific outcome, a particular way of doing things, a rigid opinion, etc. – we are, by definition, inflexible. Letting go of our attachment to something doesn’t mean we negate our desire or intention, it simply means we let go of controlling every aspect of it, forcing the action, and our fixation on it being exactly the way we think it should be. This is a process of conscious "non-attachment" (letting go), as opposed to detachment (not caring).

2)  Be Willing to Be Wrong – Most of us love to be right and will do and say just about anything to avoid being wrong.  Our obsession with "rightness" and fear of "wrongness" often gets in the way of going for what we want, saying what’s on our mind, and letting go of our fixed ideas about how things are supposed to be.  When we’re willing to be wrong (not necessarily interested in or intending to be wrong), we free ourselves up and give ourselves permission to take risks, try new things, and approach things (even really important things) with a creative, innovative, and flexible perspective.

3)  Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – Taking ourselves too seriously (something which I know a thing or two about), creates unnecessary stress, pressure, and worry.  When we’re able to laugh at ourselves (in a kind way), keep things in perspective, and remember that most of what we deal with on a daily basis in life is not life or death – we can take ourselves less seriously and thus have a more balanced, peaceful, and creative way of relating to things.

4)  Go with the Flow – If we pay attention to life, there is a natural flow that exists (although it may not always look like it or feel like it).  The more we’re able to tap into the natural flow of life, trust ourselves and others, and believe that things will work out – the more likely we are to allow things to roll off our backs and manifest with ease.  As Esther Hicks says, "Most people are rowing against the current of life.  Instead of turning the boat around, all they need to do it let go of the oars." 

5)  Get Support and Feedback From Others – The support and feedback of others is invaluable in so many aspects of our life and growth, especially as it relates to us being more flexible.  We can learn from and model others who are more flexible than we are.  We can also give people in our life permission to remind us (with kindness) when we get rigid, uptight, over-attached, and start taking ourselves too seriously.

Being flexible is something that’s often easier said than done for many of us.  However, just as with our physical bodies, the more attention we place on expanding our flexibility the more likely we are to do it.  As we enhance our ability to be flexible, our life can and will expand exponentially.

How can you practice being more flexible in your life right now?  Share your thoughts, action ideas, insights, and more on my blog here.

To listen to this week’s audio message, including additional thoughts, ideas, and tips, click here.

 

Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners

Starting a regular yoga practice can be scary. It’s tricky to know how, where, and when to start. The good news is you can start right from where you are. This routine is designed as a simple entry into yoga. We’ll start with some basic poses that work on building strength, flexibility, body awareness, and help to promote weight loss. You’ll feel great after every time you practice yoga, which is one of the many reasons it works when it comes to weight loss. When you feel good after yoga you are more likely to continue treating your body well when it comes to eating and other habits. Yoga connects you back with you, where all the good stuff is. Have fun and stick with it! love, Tara

 

 

If you haven’t gotten it already Authentic Yoga, the app for the iPhone and iPad with Deepak Chopra and me is another great place to start for beginners. Deepak walks you through all the poses and explains the benefits while you practice.  We’ve got some other fun routines and videos specifically for issues like tight hamstrings, back pain, and stress. Check it out and have a great day!

 

VIDEO: Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners (and Everyone Else)

Getting and staying healthy is a major crisis we are facing.  Real food is losing the fight against processed chemicals and false nutrients that are responsible for ending lives abruptly and robbing good quality of life.   It’s a real problem.  Turning around years of unhealthy habits can be stressful and scary.  It’s hard to know where to start, what to eat, and what to do.  

Here is a short yoga routine for beginners (and everyone else) designed to target weight loss and to build awareness in the body and mind.  When we become interested in awareness we can shift away from being marketed to and lock back into our intuition and common sense.  Our bodies and minds long to be healthy and happy.  We deserve a chance to work to get out of our own way.  Try this routine out a few times a week to get you on the right track and pass it around to your friends, because it’s always more fun to share our experiences with our friends.  

Have fun and stay healthy!

love,

Tara

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